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If you haven't seen old-growth pine and I don't mean gazing at the treetops from your canoe then you must beach your canoe and let the forest swallow you up. These trails can only be reached by water. 

Hiking trails branch off the portage trail between Obabika and Chee-skon Lakes, one trail on the east side, and one on the west. They will take you to very different forests, different elevations, different terrain, different smells and sounds. 

The cutoff to the east leads across the creek and up the ridge to  great vistas of Chee-skon and Obabika Lakes. Beside the trail atop the ridge I once found the efficiently-cleaned bones of a moose that had been taken by wolves.  

The other cutoff from the portage leads west to the Three Sisters (see photo), Valley of the Brothers, old-growth cedar, and the water's edge of Chee-Skon.

To complete the entire system requires a full day, if not more. Take food and water with you. Help protect the ecosystem by staying on trails and camping outside of the stand on established sites.

Consider taking a tour with Alex Mathias. This is his family's traditional land and he lives nearby at the mouth of the Obabika River. His tours are rich with family history and Teme-Augama culture.

      Mathias trail tour: Call in advance 705-498-2818.

Map: Wakimika Triangle old-growth stand on Obabika Lake


Trail builder:




Years constructed:



Hap Wilson

Trail Steward:  

Bill Buchan


  Protect the

     forest: stay on


  Camp on



  Take food and



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